Definition of weatherproof in US English:



  • Resistant to the effects of bad weather, especially rain.

    ‘the building is structurally sound and weatherproof’
    • ‘I'm sure that many people, the local schools' caretakers in particular, will join me in asking why we can't have a weatherproof, clean tarmac path to enjoy.’
    • ‘Every few months they serve notices on the owners that they should make the building weatherproof and vandal proof.’
    • ‘Opposition politicians have slammed a ‘grandiose’ project to install a massive weatherproof plasma TV screen in Hull city centre costing £675,000.’
    • ‘I was fine, wrapped in my weatherproof anorak with the hood up, and found the walk from one end of the precinct to the other a bracing and refreshing experience.’
    • ‘He said: ‘People taking part need to bring a weatherproof jacket and sturdy shoes or boots.’’
    • ‘He was wearing a houndstooth cap, a perfectly smooth, black, weatherproof jacket and blue jeans with cargo pockets.’
    • ‘But repairs to make the building weatherproof are estimated at more than £60,000.’
    • ‘Firefighters were able to remove all the undamaged furniture and personal effects of the occupiers to a safe storage area before making the property safe and weatherproof.’
    • ‘This year, the students had put up a temporary weatherproof shelter, the size of a large auditorium, to ensure that both competitors and spectators would not have to worry about a sudden spell of rain literally dampening the proceedings.’
    • ‘‘We're building everything by hand, using wood with steel sheeting for the top, so it's extremely strong and weatherproof,’ Arkin says.’
    • ‘The clothing department specialises in weatherproof jackets and fleeces and there is a large choice of sweatshirts and accessories.’
    • ‘By Christmas the building was weatherproof.’
    • ‘Another advantage is that the map is weatherproof and will survive the worst of weather.’
    • ‘Using weatherproof flags approved by the Coast Guard, I attempted to signal passing ships.’
    • ‘I put on a sweater, pulled my weatherproof coat on, and did the best I could to adopt a brave face.’
    • ‘Rabbits need a large weatherproof home, kept off the ground, out of direct sunlight and strong winds.’
    • ‘Look for one that sticks to anything and is weatherproof.’
    • ‘It is believed the cost of restoration could be in excess of £1 million just to make the building safe and weatherproof.’
    • ‘Slipped tiles and window frames also have to be replaced to make the structure weatherproof.’
    • ‘Cemetery buildings are to be made weatherproof with a further injection of £45,000.’
    • ‘Its listed status means it cannot be demolished and it will cost the council £100,000 a year to ensure it remains weatherproof.’
    resistant, impenetrable, impervious, repellent
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[with object]
  • Make (something) resistant to the effects of bad weather, especially rain.

    • ‘It will weatherproof footwear, safeguard wounds, and soothe chapped lips.’
    • ‘They installed generators, rewired houses, repaired electrical and air-conditioning systems, re-roofed or weatherproofed buildings, and maintained and repaired vehicles.’
    • ‘Each stick is oiled with teak oil to weatherproof it and maintain its ‘natural’ look.’
    • ‘Smoggy pollutants get through even tiny gaps in windows, Morrison notes, especially ones that haven't been weatherproofed.’
    • ‘It can then legally use the grants to weatherproof the building, remove asbestos and build roads and sewers from next spring.’
    • ‘Exterior accesses make sense from the standpoint of convenient accessibility, but many people give up on wrestling with old wooden doors that are heavy and extremely difficult to weatherproof.’
    • ‘This will prevent intrusion by pigeons and other birds before the building is finally weatherproofed.’
    • ‘Turn the thermostat down, put on a sweater, weatherproof your home and seek out alternative means of heating and powering it.’
    • ‘The windmill needs weatherproofing, rebuilding and re-capping to become habitable.’
    • ‘Where timbers are in contact with brickwork which is or might become wet because of weatherproofing defects, there is a risk that wood-rotting fungi will take hold in those timbers.’